With a billion people worldwide living with some form of disability, there is tremendous potential and need for the development of assistive technologies, says this article on The Next Web.com.
“In the next 10 years, billions of smart devices and appliances will be connected. Artificial Intelligence (AI) will enable these devices to listen, see, reason and predict. The average “smart home” will generate around 50GB of data every single day.”
AI advances such as predictive text, visual recognition and speech-to-text transcription are already showing enormous potential for helping people with vision, hearing, cognitive, learning, mobility disabilities and mental health conditions.
Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility is a $25 million, five-year grant program aimed at accelerating the development intelligent AI solutions for accessibility. It offers seed grants to developers, universities, nongovernmental organizations and inventors. “By innovating for people with disabilities, they are better innovating for us all,” says Brad Smith, President of Microsoft. “By ensuring that technology fulfills its promise to address the broadest societal needs, we can empower everyone – not just individuals with disabilities – to achieve more.”